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numsaFin24 reports that despite one employer contractor being granted an interim interdict against strike action at the operations of Impala Platinum (Implats), the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said it would see its legal campaign through to ensure all members could down tools for better wages.

The Labour Court granted Reagetswe Mining Group an interdict preventing Numsa members at the company from embarking on industrial action until a final determination has been made on the status of the broader strike. Numsa wants contractor employees to earn salaries consistent with the wages of permanent workers. Rock drill operators earn a minimum of R17,000 a month, while Numsa claims contractors earn little more than R5,000. Numsa has been trying to get workers at Reagetswe and two other Implats contractors – Triple M Mining and Newrak – to strike. Reagetswe and Numsa went to the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday, where an interim interdict against a strike at Reagetswe was granted. Numsa’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola commented: "It’s an interim interdict. It does not mean that it is permanent. The judge wanted time to process some of the arguments. We will be returning to court at a later date to argue whether that order should be made final." She added that the interdict only applied to workers at Reagetswe and did not affect Triple M and Newrak and that the union would continue to agitate for the right to strike for its members at all three contractor companies.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Khuelkani Magubane at Fin24


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